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The fact that an ellipsis means something different in text and in the UI strikes me as irrelevant because you're including the string as a _signifier_ for the item in the UI (invoking the linguistic difference between 'use' and 'mention' of a sign , our case is the latter rather than the former).
On 19 Nov 2010, at 02:24, Bill Swallow wrote:
> Bingo bango bongo. Thanks for looking it up. I didn't have my MMOSFTP3
> handy but knew it was in there.
> On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 10:39 AM, Pro TechWriter
> <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
>> The Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publication (Third Edition, page
>> 181) says never to include the ellipsis. It uses Open as the example, as
>> And I quote:
>> (Excerpted) In general, avoid using an ellipsis(...) except in syntax lines
>> or to indicate omitted code in technical material... In the user interface,
>> the ellipsis is typically used to show truncation, as in a program name, or
>> to indicate on menus and dialog boxes that a dialog box will appear to
>> obtain more information from the user. Do not use an ellipsis in this
>> context in documentation.
>> On the *File* menu, click *Open*.
>> On the *File* menu, click *Open*....
>> The Microsoft Manual of Style is a great reference to have for any writer
>> and is well worth the money.
> Bill Swallow
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